Dr. Morrel-Samuels received an MA in research methodology from the University of Chicago, as well as an M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Columbia University and a MSc in Law from Northwestern University. He has more than 25 years experience designing and analyzing assessments for employees at large corporations. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Michigan where he teaches graduate-level courses on survey design, statistics, and research methodology.
Other previous academic appointments include faculty positions at Columbia and the University of Michigan Business School. In addition, he has held research positions at IBM, HP, the University of Chicago, and Yale. His published articles have appeared in The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Research Methods, The Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, California Management Review, Physician Executive, and, Harvard Business Review, among others; (his first HBR article was on the design of assessments in the workplace, and his second was on web-based surveys.) Practical experience includes assessment services for non-profit organizations, (e.g., Blue Cross-Blue Shield), government agencies (e.g., the Department of Justice), and numerous Fortune 500 companies (e.g., FedEx, GM, California Edison, Bank of America, Xerox, Sprint, Coca-Cola, Sears, and Disney). He is the author of several patented employee assessments, and has been an expert resource for the New York Times, Detroit News, and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Morrel-Samuels has testified as an expert witness for Congress on employee motivation and its linkage to objective performance metrics; he has also served as an expert witness for both plaintiffs and defendants by providing statistical analysis of very large datasets in three types of lawsuits: employment discrimination cases; contract disputes, and litigation that hinges on surveys, assessments, or employee evaluations. He assisted the NAACP in its amicus brief for the Ricci discrimination case in New Haven, was the sole statistician in a successful $100M breach of contract case (Tower Automotive v. UNOVA) that required analyzing 4 million rows of data, testified as an expert witness for the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in The Hague, served as the EEOC’s expert witness in a number of landmark discrimination cases, and has successfully withstood Daubert challenges—most recently from the City of Indianapolis in a large class-action discrimination case.
In addition to his current faculty position at the University of Michigan he is also Chairman of the non-profit Workplace Research Foundation, and CEO of EMPA (SurveysForBusiness.com), a company that has designed and analyzed assessments for more than 7 million employees in over 27 countries.